- JOE JACKSON: NIGHT AND DAY: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was Jackson’s biggest commercial album by far #4 in the US and #3 in the UK. Also two Top 10 hits in Stepping Out and Breaking Us In Two. Jackson has never been an artist who repeats a formula- even a winning one. His previous album one of my favorite Joe Jackson albums was an album of swing and jump blues songs which is a real fun listen. Night and Day may be his best album. Doesn’t sound like the same artist who had debuted just a few years earlier with Look Sharp! Both great albums just different. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
- HUSKER DU: NEW DAY RISING: 1985: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Husker Du’s third album and they continue the transformation from their early fast hardcore sound to a slower [now we aren’t talking Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue slow} more melodic sound. Bob Mould and Grant Hart were becoming better songwriters as they went. Favorites on here- New Day Rising, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill, I Apologize. The Dean of Rock Critics Robert Christgau in his review said “play loud! this is one band that deserves it.”